John Wells' Field Lab: A Glow in the Desert

John Wells' Field Lab: A Glow in the Desert

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Landis Carey
Mar 10, 2011

I always look forward to Thursday mornings when I grab The New York Times from the front yard, sit down with my cup of tea and delve into the Home section. So, this morning I was even more pleased when the cover article A Glow in the Desert profiled Texas dweller John Wells and his home, Field Lab. If you haven't heard of this guy before, you must read his story.

Relocating to Texas from New York City and Columbia County in 2007, Wells shed his large country home for a simpler life in the desert. His new compound is simply constructed from four shipping containers, bought for $1,000 each, and arranged around a center courtyard. His homestead is powered by solar panels and is a constant work-in-progress.

Wells plans on upgrading his sleeping quarters, but he's currently bunking in a "tiny shack...no bigger than a sailboat cabin; its interior is painted bright orange and yellow, and it has a desk, storage cubbies, a single bunk bed and a kitchen counter; above it is a pendant lamp made from a tomato juice can," writes The New York Times.

Awesome, right?! Read the full article A Glow in the Desert.

Images: Tony Cenicola for The New York Times

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